Donat Shamba is an experienced Social Scientist, who has worked with Ifakara Health Institute since 2004. He holds an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London (UCL), UK and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Social Administration from Kampala International University, Uganda. He has contributed on issues of maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS, and development of health system strategy for intervention delivery.
Mr. Shamba has worked in evaluation of various health system projects since 2004, including the evaluation of intermittent preventive and treatment of infants (IPTi) strategy, Improving Newborn Survival in Southern Tanzania (INSIST), an exploratory study for designing emollient field trial in Africa (Emollient study), expanded quality improvement using information power (EQUIP) and TRAction study. Currently, he is working with Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) group on a study looking at testing the recording of priority facility-based, maternal and newborn coverage indicators for use in health management information systems.
Mr. Shamba has also developed and tested behaviour change communication (BCC) materials for maternal and newborn health. He has attended several short courses including Health Policy and System Research at the University of Western Cape, South Africa, Project management and analyses of mixed method studies. He has also published several peer-reviewed articles. His major areas of research include: maternal newborn and child health, global health, heath systems, community based intervention, social sciences